On Wednesday, former President Barack Obama tweeted a statement of his remarks on the violence from pro-Trump supporters when they broke into the Capitol building to try and stop the electoral college vote for President-Elect Joe Biden.

“History will remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continues to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise,” Obama wrote. “For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth – that this was not a particularly close election and that President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. Their fantastic narrative has spiraled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now we’re seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo.”

“Right now, Republican leaders have a choice made clear in desecrated chambers of democracy. They can continue down this road and keep stroking the raging fires. Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. They can choose America,” he continued.

“I’ve been heartened to see many members of the President’s party speak up forcefully today,” the former commander in chief added. “Their voices add to the examples of Republican state and local election officials in states like Georgia who’ve refused to be intimidated and have discharged their duties honorably. We need more leaders like these – right now and in the days, weeks, and months ahead as President-Elect Biden works to restore a common purpose to our politics. It’s up to all of us as Americans, regardless of party, to support him in that goal.”

Congress was able to continue the count of the electoral vote Wednesday night and officially named Biden the next president of the United States.

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